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Substance Use Clinic

Safe, nonjudgmental services to help guide you toward abstinence from drugs or alcohol, or to safer and better managed use of substances

GMHC’s Substance Use Clinic (an OASAS licensed 822 program) provides safe and nonjudgmental services to help guide you toward healthier well-being. Past traumas, low self-esteem, peer pressure, stress and other challenges can be rough to deal with — especially in New York City. That’s why our dedicated clinical staff is here — no matter where you are in your life or how you are feeling. We can help you understand your relationship to alcohol and substances, and how to reduce personal harm.

Our staff understands the distinct needs of individuals from diverse backgrounds, cultures, and identities, including:

  • Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and straight people

  • Transgender and gender non-conforming people

  • People of color

  • Seniors

  • Long-term survivors

  • Documented and undocumented immigrants

  • People living with multiple medical conditions

We offer a number of supportive services:

Individual Counseling
– where you meet with a counselor one-on-one to discuss the issues you are facing and develop a treatment plan to meet your personal substance related goals.

Family Counseling – offered to couples and extended families, whether biological or of choice, when beneficial and in support of your goals.

Group Counseling – focuses on issues such as: cravings, triggers, relapse prevention, harm reduction strategies, and other topics to further your recovery or reduce harm associated with substance abuse.

Psychiatry
– offered to explore pharmacotherapy as an additional intervention to help you achieve your goals.

Please contact us at (212) 367-1260 or sas@gmhc.org

 



Women Empowering Women program

 

Provides easily accessible harm reduction, recovery readiness, and relapse prevention to women living with HIV or AIDS who are actively using drugs, relapsing, or in early stages of recovery. In addition to individual, family, and group alcohol and drug counseling, this program offers auricular acupuncture and Seeking Safety, an evidence-based intervention to help clients achieve their goals. Harm Reduction Counselors are supported by Client Navigators, who support client engagement and offer service coordination activities to promote access to and maintenance of HIV primary care. Harm Reduction Services focuses on black and Latino individuals who identify as women who may also be unstably housed, immigrants, incarcerated or formerly incarcerated, commercial sex workers, seriously persistently mentally ill, and engaging in high-risk behaviors such as having unprotected sex with men. WEW works closely with primary care providers to coordinate care and ensure viral suppression.

For 35 years, GMHC has provided care services to tens of thousands of New Yorkers. Our goal is to continue helping people improve their quality of life and health.
GMHC accepts Medicare, Medicaid, and other insurances, and will continue to utilize Ryan White funding for eligible clients as a payer of last resort to provide mental health, harm reduction, and substance use treatment to individual.

For more information, please contact Glynis Simmons, Director of WCPSS: GlynisS@gmhc.org or (212) 367-1358.
 


 

Re-Charge: for people who use crystal meth

Are you concerned that your substance use is getting out of control? Do you want to explore strategies to use more safely?

Come explore some of these and other issues in a safe, open, non-judgmental, and supportive environment. GMHC’s experienced clinical staff is here to help.

GMHC’s various substance use programs provide both short-term and long-term counseling free of charge to eligible GMHC clients. Our goal is to help individuals improve their quality of life and health.

Our counselors — professionals from the fields of Clinical Social Work, Mental Health Counseling, and Addiction and Recovery —  have extensive experience and knowledge about the range of behavioral and emotional issues related to substance use. Our staff understands the distinct needs of individuals from diverse backgrounds, cultures, and identities, including:

  • Lesbian, gay, bisexual and straight people

  • Transgender and gender non-conforming people

  • People of color

  • Seniors

  • Long-term survivors

  • Documented and undocumented immigrants

  • People living with multiple medical conditions

We offer the following kinds of counseling services:

  • Individual — where you meet with a counselor one on one to discuss the issues you are facing and develop an individualized treatment plan to meet your personal goals.
  • Family/Couples — offered to couples and families, whether biological or of choice, who you would like to participate in your goals around your substance use.
  • Group —  focuses on issues such as: utilizing harm reduction techniques to manage you subsatnce use, achieving or maintaining sobriety from drugs and alcohol, and managing other related behaviors like sex or anger.

 For more information about Re-Charge, please click here.
 



Opioid Overdose Prevention Program
 

Opiate overdose rates in New York City have reached epidemic proportions, with 1,374 individuals in New York City dying of an overdose in 2016, a 46% increase from the previous year.  GMHC is committed to combatting the opiate epidemic in New York and is a registered Opioid Overdose Prevention Program under the Department of Health.  Program staff are certified to provide training to GMHC staff, clients, and community members on recognizing signs of opiate overdose and in the use of Narcan (Naloxone) to reverse overdose. All individuals at GMHC are eligible to attend these regular trainings and receive a free Overdose Prevention kit containing two doses of intranasal Naloxone.  Additionally, if you are interested in having a GMHC trainer come to your site to facilitate a training and distribute Naloxone to individuals at your agency please contact Liana Cools at LianaC@gmhc.org.

Individuals pictured are models and are used for illustrative purposes only.